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AMD Brings 3D GPU Documentation Up To Date 64

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the go-forth-and-hack dept.
jones_supa writes "Things are starting to look even better for the status of open specifications for AMD Radeon HD hardware. AMD's Alex Deucher announced via his personal blog that programming guides and register specifications on the 3D engines for the Evergreen, Northern Islands, Southern Islands, and Sea Islands GPUs are now in the NDA-free public domain. These parts represent the 3D engines on the Radeon HD 5000 through Radeon HD 8000 series graphics processors."
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AMD Brings 3D GPU Documentation Up To Date

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 02, 2013 @10:23AM (#45014441)

    Better late than never, eh. This really needs to be standard practice across the industry.

  • by Ultra64 (318705) on Wednesday October 02, 2013 @10:47AM (#45014769)

    Sure, it will take time to sort out the legal issues.

    But if AMD can do it, so can nVidia.

  • Re:X logo? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by UnknowingFool (672806) on Wednesday October 02, 2013 @11:12AM (#45015091)

    Then you haven't been paying attention. There are three majors players: Intel, NVidia, and AMD.

    NVidia has great proprietary Linux drivers but their documentation has been lacking. Open source developers do what they can with nouveau but without the full documentation, they are guessing in places. NVidia is working to make more documentation available.

    AMD has better documentation but their Linux drivers have not been as good as NVidia.

    Then there is Intel who has good documentation and drivers. The problem is their video cards are not as good as NVidia or AMD. If you need a basic video card with average multimedia capabilities like h264 support, Intel is good. If you want to play games with Steam, the experience might be lacking.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.